Netballers shine at end of season presentations

The Cobar Netball Association’s Players’ Players from each of the nine teams from the 2019 competition Myshelle Gillette, Hayley Walker, Laura Barnes, Alex Hernando, Catherine James, Michela Cartner, Demi Smith, Ally Pearson and Alice Flynn were acknowledged at the club’s end of season presentations on Saturday night at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club. ▪ Photo courtesy of Jody McCabe

The Cobar Netball Association’s 2019 end of season awards dinner on Saturday night at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club was a glittering affair.

Netballers swapped their runners and uniforms for make-up and formal attire to celebrate another successful women’s netball season and also the inaugural Fast5 Mixed social competition.

Club president Haylee Prince said it had been a big year for the club which saw the upgrade to the Ward Oval courts, the introduction of the new Fast5 Mixed Netball competition and a very successful Lip Sync 4 Netball fundraiser that was well attended and raised $7,000.

Collecting the A Grade premiership trophy this season was JKM Dynamic Fitness while the B Grade champions were Golfie Mystics.

The 2019 Players’ Player awards went to: Golfie Mystics—Ally Pearson; ENDivas—Demi Smith; Real Steel—Catherine James; Ravens—Laura Barnes; JKM Dynamic Fitness—Alex Hernando; Gumnuts—Michela Cartner; Pumpettes—Hayley Walker; Wildcats—Alice Flynn; and Brush Stop—Myshelle Gillette.

Corinne McLeod from ENDivas won the A Grade Sportsmanship award and was also A Grade’s Best and Fairest Player.

There was a five-way tie for the Sportsmanship award in B Grade between Laura Barnes (Ravens), Anna Fee (Real Steel), Ellie McLaughlin (Ravens), Haylee Prince (Real Steel) and Lexie Traynor (Gumnuts).

The B Grade Best and Fairest prize was a four-way tie between Laura Barnes, Hannah Carroll (Brush Stop), Michela Cartner (Gumnuts) and Bethany Thomas (Real Steel).

The inaugural Fast5 champions were Norfolk and Chance.

Instead of awarding a Best and Fairest player of the season, each week players voted for their ‘Favourite Fiver’ which finished in a three-way tie of Josh Brown (Norfolk and Chance), Nathan Prince (All Class) and Cameron van Breugel (Rusty Diamonds).

Mrs Prince said the club is keen to further promote netball and will be hosting a ‘come and try’ session of Walking Netball later this month.